Archive forOctober 26, 2011

Semiotic way of interpreting poetry/literature

Step 1
First look at the significant or important words in a page. Think of the meaning for each of the words.

Step 2:
Can the meanings of these words mean anything else? Are there similar words that can be used, but aren’t? What does choosing this word over all the other options do for the poem’s meaning? If a similar word were substituted, would the poem change? If so, what is the significance that this chosen word has?

Step 3:
Continue analyzing the poem through this method to come up with a definition per significant word throughout the poem. Keep in mind that the sounds of words don’t have any meaning and the only significant information is the meaning of the word by comparing to everything the word is not.

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